Thanks to the support and involvement of our regional communities, audiences, peers and partners, our work and remit stretch across the state.

Our governing legislation, the Museums of History NSW Act 2022, charges us with responsibility for increasing statewide access to our collections, museums and historic sites, and to the stories that shape the social, cultural and political histories and identity of NSW.

This page highlights some of the many activities, resources and projects developed with, for or about our regional and remote audiences.

Regional framework

With the establishment of Museums of History NSW on 31 December 2022, a Regional Coordination Framework was prepared to ensure that audiences in regional NSW have access to MHNSW’s rich and diverse collections, sites and resources onsite, online and on tour. These include the vast and globally significant State Archives Collection of over 14 million items, which MHNSW holds in trust for the people of NSW. This framework details how we ensure that regional and rural audiences are key in the planning and delivery of our statutory and strategic objectives.

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Regional Archives Centres

A network of Regional Archives Centres provides access to state archives of regional significance and to copies of key state archives

News

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Latest News

Storage on a Shoestring: collections care videos launched

Our Collections Care and Digital teams have been hard at work making make a suite of vocational videos for volunteers and staff working in museums across the state

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Latest News

Archives for Everyone: community digitisation and indexing partnerships

We are looking to partner with groups or societies with an interest in history and in making the State Archives Collection more accessible

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Museums & Galleries of NSW

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Museums & Galleries of NSW to support its Storyplace Roadshow project

On tour

Look out for our exciting program of collection tours and travelling exhibitions

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Collections on Tour 2024

Museums of History NSW is on the road again, sharing our stories with the people of regional NSW

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Touring exhibition

On the Move

Now on tour

How Cities Work illustration.
Touring exhibition

How cities work

Now on tour

Webinars and resources

Many of our programs or resources can be streamed or accessed online

Sophie Reid, Producer – Learning Programs; Carlin de Montfort, curator; and Naomi Manning, Producer – Learning Programs, stand in front of a series of cameras as they present a virtual excursion. They are standing behind a table of historical objects in the Meet the Convicts room on the top floor of the Hyde Park Barracks.

Virtual excursions

Our interactive virtual excursions connect your class live with a museum educator and focus on specific curriculum content, concepts and skills. We currently offer virtual excursions for Stages 1 to 4

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17 May, 10.30am
Online talk

Unlocking Past Lives

Join Mathew Stephens, research librarian at the Caroline Simpson Library, as he uses the library’s specialist collection to explore the contexts of a selection of historic family photographs.

Government Printing Office 1 - 02086 - Oyster bed [From NSW Government Printer series: Ballina], 1926
21 June, 10.30am
Online talk

Oyster leases

This webinar will focus on the Oyster Lease Cultures files, which tell the stories of the people who held these leases between 1920 and 1978.

Government Printing Office; NRS 4481, Glass negatives. NRS-4481-3-[7/15883]-M2439 | Government Printing Office 1 - 30700 - Supreme Court, King and Elizabeth Streets, Sydney [From NSW Government Printer series: City Views]
30 August, 10.30am
Online talk

'Equitable Relief': Equity Court records in the State Archives Collection

This webinar will explore records of the Equity Division of the Supreme Court, how to find them, and what they can tell you.

Collections

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Regional stories

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Plan of the Colonial Secretary's building

Visions on the future

Meet the team at Australia’s longest-running and most influential architectural practice

Sergeant Tracker Alexander ‘Alec’ Riley wearing his police uniform

Alexander Riley, legendary Aboriginal police tracker

The remarkable talents of Aboriginal trackers who worked for NSW Police in the 20th century are featured in a display at the Justice & Police Museum

'Kioto', a house on the Belltrees estate, Scone, 1893

Home in the Hunter

The Hunter Region is the traditional home of the Wonnarua people. The first European settlers arrived in the 1820s, mainly squatters who claimed large areas of land on which to graze sheep